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By Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa Richardson
Excerpted from the audio lecture 'Affirmation of the Hands of Allaah and His Descending' from the 'Aqeedah Class (Summer '07) based on the Haa'iyyah poem of the famous scholar Ibn Abee Daawood as-Sijistaanee
From the points discussed:
The trickery of seeking one answer to the two-fold question , 'When you recite the Qur'an, is it your speech or the speech of Allaah?' a means to confuse and trick the one questioned, since this situation requires explanation and has two issues 1) the speech (created action) of the recitor (the conveyor of the Qur'an in this case) 2) The Qur'an being the speech of Allaah.
The full lecture explains the following lines of poetry from Ibn Abee Daawood's Haa'iyyah
(10) And perhaps a Jahmee might deny His Right Hand as well,
While both of His Hands are giving out all kinds of bounties.
(11) And say: The Ever-Compelling descends each night,
Without asking for exact details, magnificent is the One God and most worthy of praise.
(12) Down to the lowest heaven, granting bounties from His Grace,
As the gates of the heavens are opened and spread widely.
(13) He says: Is there anyone seeking forgiveness who would like to meet a Forgiver?
Or anyone seeking bounties of goodness and provisions, so he could be given (what he requests)?
(14) A group have reported this whose reports are not to be rejected,
But sadly some have went wrong and did not believe them, marring themselves.
Summer Courses 2007 – Masjid al-Furqaan – Toronto, Ontario
Translated by Moosaa Richardson